Sleazy was a distant yet manifest influence on my own work. It started with the ownership of a rare book – it turned out to be from the Threshold House library and amongst the works auctioned after Jhonn Balance’s death. It led me down a path both different and familiar and to a greater understanding of the impact of the underground music scene.
I was working on a final song for the new Gothick album which included some rampant glitchy effects (courtesy of my Korg Electribe MX) – they reminded me of Coil’s New Backwards album – when I heard the news about Sleazy. I’ve not been able to articulate the freezing effect his death had, but this instrumental is in his memory :
Poh Teck Tung by Gothick, a song for Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson.
I never knew him personally but made sure that I was on the front row at Heaven in London when Throbbing Gristle played there in 2009 ev because Coil, Sleazy and Genesis have had a profound impact on my understanding of the definition of music and what it means to be a creator of music – it’s not all singer-songwriters, U2 and Metallica!
The Guardian newspaper obituary | Make a Donation in his Memory